Fix it forward – Joel Leonard
Until more of our mainstream media start to glorify the skilled worker, and inform parents that the world of manufacturing is not what it was, we will continue to have anaemic growth of this skill base.
We need more people to attend conferences and share their ideas. Sadly, many companies are looking at conferences as expensive wastes of time, and don't realise that a brief visit may generate a major production breakthrough.
However, that is long-term thinking, and sadly companies often measure their corporate leadership based on quarterly results. That short term-vision is killing our industrial culture.
We also need more companies to adopt pipeline development programmes and mentor more talent. Also, make it a part of the programme that the protégé must locate and train their replacement if a “better” job emerges for their skills.
Imagine what would happen if more of us leaders taught more, learned more, and led more to promote the value of maintenance in our MBA programmes.
Apprenticeships are important of course, but very difficult for many companies to fund. However, regions can develop core skills and priorities, and develop collective strategies.
I hope to be back for the MESNZ conference in Hamilton in November and hope to see you then.
If you would like to help FIX IT Forward and share challenges and successes, please email me at Joel@skilltv.net.